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Postdoctoral Fellow in Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Wellbeing in the Arts

SMU DataArts
SMU DataArts is a primarily remote team but working from campus would be an option
$75,000 annually + benefits
Date posted
Jan 3, 2024

SMU DataArts, the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University, invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship, to begin June 2024 for a 1-year term. This fellowship opportunity is for a researcher interested in leveraging data and research tools towards advancing gender equity in the field of arts and culture. The fellow should have a stated interest in the arts and culture sector; however, candidates with a wide range of degrees would be considered for this position, including economics, statistics, data science, public policy, museum studies, gender studies, etc. Potential topics to explore could include the impacts of female leadership on organizational performance and outcomes in museums, developing benchmarks for artist compensation by museums and providing case studies for organizations successfully balancing artist compensation with sustainability, and/or other gender-focused explorations of DataArts resources.

This fellow would collaborate closely with the SMU DataArts research team with mentorship and a direct reporting line to the Research Director of DataArts. The research team would help connect the fellow with research colleagues as appropriate, including national funders, arts service organizations, academic researchers, and practitioners. The fellow would be encouraged to publish the results of their investigations on multiple platforms – including peer-reviewed publications, through the SMU DataArts website, and through webinars or conferences.

As a national nexus of data on the arts and culture sector, SMU DataArts is uniquely positioned to offer a springboard for a fellow to explore these types of inquiries. SMU DataArts employs a range of research techniques and high-powered computing to test hypotheses, build theory, and increase understanding of the arts and culture sector. Our research efforts range from academic papers published in leading journals, applied research undertaken with community partners, and actionable insights shared directly with arts practitioners.

The benefits to participants of this program include practical experience through every phase of the research process, an expansion of available networks and connections, and publication opportunities to strengthen job applications.

About SMU DataArts: SMU DataArts, the National Center for Arts Research, is a project of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. SMU DataArts compiles and analyzes data on arts organizations and their communities nationwide and develops research articles and reports on important issues in arts management, arts ecosystems, patronage, and equitable access and inclusion. Its findings are available free of charge to arts leaders, funders, policymakers, researchers, and the general public. For more information, visit


Minimum qualifications: completed PhD in arts & culture management, economics, statistics, data science, public policy, museum studies, gender studies, or related field by June 1, 2024.

Preferred qualifications: experience researching in the arts & culture field (systems, organizations, or policies) and/or experience researching workforce diversity and/or equity in organizations or systems regardless of the field context; interest in making significant contributions to research and/or creative scholarship which leads to publication, exhibition or dissemination in refereed journals, and/or national venues.

Application Instructions

To apply, upload a letter of interest, an updated CV, and the names and contact information of three references to

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by February 15, 2024, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

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